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New Dot Hill Arrays Combine iSCSI, 8Gb Fibre Channel

Dot Hill, which has weaned itself completely off its biggest longtime OEM deal with the former Sun Microsystems -- that still sounds sort of strange, we must admit -- said Feb. 24 it has begun shipping its branded, next-generation 3000 Series disk arrays.

These high-end machines with the mid-range price [they start at about $15K] are loaded with a plethora of connectivity options: support for 8Gb Fibre Channel SANs, dual interface 8Gb Fibre Channel and 1Gb iSCSI, and the company's optional AssuredRemote data management software. IT managers can plug in just about anything they need with little or no effort.

AssuredRemote brings data protection and disaster recovery functions. It also provides compliance testing for government regulations such as the HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley acts. The 3000 Series drives also sport energy-saving spin-down, mixed-drive [3.5-inch and/or 2.5-inch]-type support and dual protocol interfaces.

There's a lot going on with Dot Hill these days, since the setting of Sun last month. Hewlett-Packard is now the company's biggest OEM customer, and a large number of other storage makers are utilizing the Longmont, Colo.-based company's wares. Dot Hill is also busy building its branded product line, too.

There's a good reason why the company is doing so well. Quality probably has something to do with it. If we were in the market for a storage array upgrade, we'd go here for more information.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 13 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...